WEBINARS

Level 1 Webinars

An Introduction to the OIA for Student Representative Bodies

This webinar will give you an understanding of the role of the OIA, what we do and how you can support students who have brought complaints to us. This session outlines: the OIA’s complaint’s scheme and remit; the OIA’s review process; the Good Practice Framework; the role of Students’ Unions and Students’ Associations.

This is a level 1 webinar is aimed at students' union advisors, sabbatical officers and any other student representative. This session would be useful if you are new to the OIA and its processes or new to your position. Those who already have experience of advising students who have brought complaints to the OIA may find this webinar too basic.

Duration: up to 60 mins

Dates and times:

  • Tuesday 8 October | 10.30am – 11.30am

Academic Disciplinary

The OIA’s Academic Disciplinary webinar (formerly Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct webinar) will give you an awareness of good practice in the handling of issues of academic misconduct. The session will cover the following: What is Academic Misconduct; Academic Misconduct Education; Principles of Good Practice; The OIA’s Review; Complex areas and examples.

This is a level 1 webinar. It is suitable for:

  • All points of contacts, delegates and other staff who deal with complaints and appeals;
  • All staff at providers who have an interest in and may on occasion deal with plagiarism and academic misconduct matters;
  • Staff who have responsibility for drafting regulations and procedures in relation to academic misconduct.

Duration: up to 60 mins

Dates and times:

  • TBC

Procedural Fairness

This webinar outlines our general approach to fairness in procedures and regulations of Higher Education providers, and gives examples of complaints which have led us to conclude that the providers' processes caused unfairness to students. We focus on three key areas: Fair Procedures; Bias; the Standard and Burden of Proof.

This is a level 1 webinar. It is suitable for all staff at all providers.

Duration: up to 60 mins

Dates and times:

  • TBC

Completion of Procedures (COP) Letters

This webinar will answer your questions about when, why and how to issue a Completion of Procedures Letter. We will also give some advice on what the Completion of Procedures Letter should look like and what important information it should contain. This webinar will also briefly touch on collaborative provision and how this might affect the issuing of a COP letter.

This is a level 1 webinar and is aimed at all staff at all providers although those who have responsibility for issuing Completion of Procedures letters at the end of internal procedures may find this webinar particularly useful.

Duration: up to 75 mins

Dates and Times:

  • TBC

Accommodation Complaints

This webinar provides an overview of complaints about student accommodation. It will look at disruption, eviction and disciplinary proceedings, highlighting key points for providers to be aware of, the OIA’s approach to these cases and case studies.

This is a level 1 webinar and is primarily aimed at those who encounter complaints about student accommodation.

Duration: up to 60 mins

Dates and Times:

  • TBC

Research Supervision and Research Degrees

This webinar focuses on complaints arising from postgraduate research degrees, particularly on cases involving complaints about supervision or academic appeals by postgraduate research students.

This is a level 1 webinar is aimed at all staff at all Providers, especially those with postgraduate research provision.

Duration: up to 60 mins

Dates and times:

  • TBC

The OIA Rules and Eligibility Decisions

This webinar explores the Rules of the Scheme and how they relate to eligibility decisions made during the OIA’s review process, with the use of case studies.

This is a level 1 webinar and is aimed at all Provider staff and Student Representatives.

Duration: up to 60 mins

Dates and times:

  • TBC

Issuing Completion of Procedures Letters when delivering learning opportunities with others

This webinar complements and builds upon webinar 5 - Completion of Procedures Letters. This session summarises our guidance on issuing Completion of Procedures Letters within the context of delivering learning opportunities with higher education providers in England, Wales and other jurisdictions.

This level 1 webinar is aimed at staff who have responsibility for issuing Completion of Procedures Letters and work for higher education providers delivering learning opportunities with others. This webinar may also be useful for student representatives who provide advice to students studying in collaborative arrangements.

Duration: up to 90 mins

Dates and Times:

  • TBC

Good Practice Framework: Supporting Disabled Students

This webinar examines how the latest chapter of the Good Practice Framework can help providers to create an inclusive learning environment which removes obstacles to learning for disabled students. Through a range of good practice scenarios this webinar explores how to manage disability-related issues that arise in complaints and academic appeals handling.

This is a level 1 webinar is suitable for all staff at higher education providers and student representative bodies.

Duration: up to 60 mins

Dates and Times:

  • TBC

 

Non-Academic Disciplinary Procedures

The OIA’s Non-Academic Disciplinary Procedures webinar will to give you an awareness of good practice in handling of issues of non-academic misconduct. The session will cover the following: What is Non-Academic Misconduct; Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying; Principles of Good Practice; The OIA’s Review; Complex areas and examples.

This is a level 1 webinar. It is suitable for:

  • All points of contacts, delegates and other staff who deal with complaints and appeals;
  • All staff at providers who have an interest in and may on occasion deal with non-academic misconduct matters;
  • Staff who have responsibility for drafting regulations and procedures in relation to non-academic misconduct.

Duration: up to 60 mins

Dates and times:

  • 17 September | 10.30am - 11.30am

Level 2 Webinars

Level 2 Webinars

Level 2 webinars are an interactive session which focuses on case study discussion. Attendees will be sent a number of case studies in advance and will have the opportunity to contribute to a small group discussion during the session, facilitated by the presenters. Although not compulsory, we recommend you familiarise yourself with any available Level 1 webinar content prior to joining a Level 2 session. Level 1 sessions cover background information on a topic. Level 2 sessions are less content driven and more discussion based.

Level 2 webinars are aimed at all staff at all providers with an interest in certain topics - Fitness to Practise, Disability, Non-Academic Disciplinary and Academic Disciplinary issues. The webinar will be delivered using Zoom video conferencing, so use of a webcam is highly recommended. Group sizes will be limited to 8 persons, to give attendees maximum opportunity to participate.

Duration: 60-90 mins

Dates and Times:

Fitness to Practise

  • TBC

Disability

  • TBC

Non-Academic Disciplinary

  • Thursday 26 September | 2.15pm – 3.45pm

Academic Disciplinary

  • Thursday 19 September | 2.15pm – 3.45pm